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5 little things that make a Big Difference

By | 2017-10-23T07:43:30+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: cerebral palsy, Don't call me Mum, mum of child with disability, parenting, Parents as partners, Uncategorized|

Little things can make a difference. When I worked as a  nurse in A&E, I knew that even in the middle of emergency procedures, how I treated the patient and family would be remembered. As a parent standing over my fitting son while the doctors fought to stop an hour long seizure, this simple fact went from theory to [...]

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Selfies – everyday moment, forever memory

By | 2017-06-15T11:54:46+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Categories: book, communication, disability, family, Mother of child with special needs, mum of child with disability, parenting, selfies, special needs, The skies I'm under, Uncategorized|

There is something I’ve discovered, no matter how hard I try, moments still only last a second. Over the last year I have tried really hard to soak up life but time still just flies by as moments effortlessly slip through my fingers, no matter how hard I grip or how deeply I breathe.

Top 11 Advantages to Parenting a Disabled Child

By | 2017-11-07T15:41:26+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Categories: cerebral palsy, disability, Mother of child with special needs, mum, mum of child with disability, parenting, special needs, The skies I'm under|

Parenting a disabled child gets a bad press, so here is my Top 11 advantages to parenting a disabled child but there are many more.

Going Out in My Underwear

By | 2017-06-15T11:32:31+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: book, cerebral palsy, Mother of child with special needs, mum of child with disability, parenting, The skies I'm under|

Have you ever dreamt that you walk into work and everyone is staring at you? At first you smile at the on-looking faces, then you begin to wonder why you're getting so much attention. Suddenly, your heart races as you anxiously look down to discover you aren’t wearing any trousers. Everyone is staring because you've stepped outside in your underwear.

Birthday or Anniversary

By | 2017-06-15T11:29:45+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Categories: anniversary, birthday, cerebral palsy, disability, family, Mother of child with special needs, mum, mum of child with disability, parenting, special needs|

12th October 2005 was Sam's birth day and my defining moment. 10 years ago today I had one of the toughest days of my life. My world was turned upside down and I became a mum. Motherhood is a magnifying glass. It amplifies your emotions, your strengths, your weaknesses and your LOVE. When you watch your [...]

Doors and Whitewashed walls

By | 2017-06-15T11:25:39+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Categories: cerebral palsy, epilepsy, family, mum of child with disability, parenting, priorities|

This week I stepped in the door of a local Rotary club meeting and received a warm welcome. My husband sorted the kids for school while I sat down, ate breakfast and pretended to be a grown up for a couple of hours. The people I met were really friendly and they listened intently to my story [...]

News…where have I been ?

By | 2017-06-15T11:01:02+00:00 December 5th, 2014|Categories: family, Mother of child with special needs, mum, parenting|

You may or may not have noticed it's been a while since my last blog, but I have news. I've been doing a Kate Sadly, not the immaculate hair, smooth skin and a perfect figure but rather I have spent an extensive amount of time crouched over examining the finer details of my toilet bowl. I [...]

A-Z of Parenting a Disabled Child

By | 2017-06-15T10:30:54+00:00 June 20th, 2014|Categories: A-Z, mum of child with disability, parenting, Uncategorized|

For me becoming a parent has involved changes, insights and rewards. Here's my A-Z of Parenting a son living with complex disabilities and life-limiting epilepsy. A is for Adaptations including changing routine, adapting clothing, moving to a bungalow or adjusting my dreams; one thing is true, I had to adapt. B Body building Arnold Schwarzenegger watch out! My [...]

Letting in the Light

By | 2017-06-15T10:10:19+00:00 April 11th, 2014|Categories: cerebral palsy, exhaustion, Fatigue, mum, parenting, special needs, value, Walk in my footsteps|

"You have not walked in my footsteps, danced in my shoes, or lived in my world. Do not judge me, point your fingers at me, or become experts on my life." Kate Baker I have a warm memory of dancing on my dad's feet as a little girl. I would place my tiptoes on his shiny [...]